A little bit ago I mentioned of a new celebrity coffee series so to speak. David Kennedy a guitarist of most recent of bands, Angels & Airwaves is an avid coffee lover. His passion for coffee is strong enough that it has him starting his own coffee company, James Coffee Co.
I’ve always had some concerns with celebrity coffee companies. My concern is that there are celebrities just using their name to make a profit wherever possible and very few like Laughing Man Coffee by Hugh Jackman who I’d say are more into the coffee than their name being put on the label. I am happy to find that David Kennedy’s new venture seems not the case. From the video below, it seems that David has not only a passion for coffee itself, but also the hard work that go into making a cup of coffee.
27/400g • Grind beans on medium side or #24 on Virtuoso • Pour in enough water to saturate • Start timer and let bloom for 30 seconds • Pour remaining water in and steep for 2 minutes • Quick stir • Drain • Total time: 2:30-3:00
When the coffee arrived I opened the bag and discovered flecks of oil upon the beans (note the photo below). I was beginning to feel unsure if I’d like this coffee or not. The uneasiness set in, but I threw the coffee in the Kalita Dripper and went on brewing. Turned out the Kalita was an awful choice for this coffee. It brought out flavors that would have had me throwing out the coffee right then and there — But I didn’t.
When it comes to heavier bodied coffees I find the Clever Dripper seems to handle those types of coffees much better. So into the Clever Dripper it went, and what came out was much better than what the Kalita gave me.
This coffee is heavy bodied, rich, and quite pungent in that the aromas really hit your nose making quite an impression. Heavy cocoa fills your nose with spices of cinnamon, maybe even some pepper. The spices are hard to make out. Underneath is a very mild smokiness. I can even detect some fruity notes, but its hard to distinguish what exactly I smell. Otherwise, the aroma carries a hefty amount of cocoa and spice with mild attributes of tobacco and fruit.
The coffee packs a punch! Each sip is filled with a creamy cocoa sweetness, a hefty amount of spice, mild smokiness which comes and goes, and fruit notes as it cools. What gets me is how even as heavy as this coffee is, it leaves a clean finish in your mouth.
As the coffee began to age, the mild smokiness I first noticed only seem to grow stronger which left me with unpleasant feelings. I noticed this in the week to two week old range.
Full bodied rich and creamy, this cup has flavors of cocoa with a hint cinnamon. Also makes for a delicious single origin espresso! ~ James Coffee Co.
This coffee ended up not being nearly as bad as I thought. More so, I actually surprised myself by actually liking it in the end. James Coffee Co might not please everyone, but for those who like the heavier bodied coffees with deep flavors, this one will be sure to please.
Downside to this coffee is the unpleasant smokiness that only grew as the coffee aged.
If you plan on ordering, don’t do like me and let it sit around longer than a week or this coffee at its roast level will begin to taste quite awful.
Info About This Coffee
Region: Municipio Villa Canales, Guatemala.
Altitude: 3,800 to 4300 ft
Cost: Sold out!